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The English word bush originated from the old Teutonic (German) word which meant a shrub with numerous branches (i.e. "bushy"). A bush can naturally exist in two ways, either a vigorous young plant that is growing but is yet small in size, or an older plant that has been stunted because of a dry or otherwise harsh environment. Bush is used to translate the original Hebrew word of the Scriptures (pronounced) sen-eh which meant a bramble, or literally, to prick, as from thorns (the term "thorn bush" is redundant by literal definition of the Hebrew word). The Biblical plant described as such is most-likely the variety of thorny acacia, Loranthus acaciae, that was common in the Sinai wilderness and in the land of Israel in earlier times e.g. "in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes." (Isaiah 7:19 KJV)


The Burning Bush The most famous bush of Bible History is almost certainly the "burning bush" that Moses saw on Mount Sinai. Although miraculous, it is also described as an actual bush - otherwise Moses would not have wondered why the fire didn't consume it.

"Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb [i.e. Mount Sinai]. And the angel of The Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt."

"And when The Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses."

"And he said, Here am I."

"And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God."

"And The Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey [see also Land On Which You Had Not Labored]; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt."

"And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh [see Who Was The Exodus Pharaoh?], and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"

"And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain."

"And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?"

"And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."

"And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is My Name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations." (Exodus 3:1-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: Is the burning bush that Moses saw mentioned in the New Testament?
Luke 20:37 Acts 7:30

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